Google gets go-ahead for huge London headquarters
King's Cross building will feature a swimming pool and running track and has cost Google £650m already
GOOGLE'S London employees will soon be enjoying a rooftop swimming pool, a running track and possibly even a climbing wall to help them get from floor-to-floor, after the technology giant won final approval for its new UK headquarters in King's Cross.
Camden Borough Council has given the go-ahead to the 920,000 square-foot building for its 5,000 workers. It will occupy a 2.4 acre site that has cost Google £650m, according to the Daily Telegraph. The site will include 20,000 square feet of bike parking.
The building is low-rise but is 330 metres in length, which makes it larger than the 310m tall Shard. Once completed it will be Google's largest office outside its Silicon Valley building in California.
Construction will begin next year and Google hopes to move its staff from its Victoria and Holborn offices into the building in 2016. The site is expected to draw other technology companies to King's Cross and help bump up rents in the area. Google's headquarters will sit within a larger redevelopment in the area, which will include a 50,000 square-foot retail space.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the project's architects, said the building's design was inspired by "the area's industrial heritage". Simon Allford, director of the company, said: "This building is underpinned by cutting edge design intelligence and technologies to provide a sophisticated twenty first century working environment for Google's staff.
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